Dealing with wasps can be extremely annoying. They are known to injure people with painful stings and elicit allergic reactions in humans and pets. You may find wasps scouting your home for a number of reasons: safe refuge, insect availability, meat scraps, sweet food and flowers are some of the main reasons they will pay you a visit.

Wasps most commonly create their nests in common household areas such as doorways, under eaves or on tree branches. They are known to be very aggressive, so it is important to identify a wasp infestation in the early stages, so you have it safely removed.

Wasps are most active in the daytime, particularly in the mornings. If you’ve seen several wasps buzzing around your home, it is likely they have already built their nest nearby. Whilst it is recommended that you do not disturb the wasps and their nest, Annual Pest Management can provide you with ways to protect and barricade your home. Our experts can provide family and pet-friendly treatments that align with Australian standards. The removal of wasps entirely requires professional assistance.

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European Wasp

Commonly known as the ‘Paper Wasp’, this species is the most common wasp, with a black body with bright yellow marks. They can grow up to 17mm in length. European Wasps are found making nests in bushes and inside hollow tree trunks. You may encounter a European Wasp nest around your home in the warmer months, as this is when the workers of the colony begin building.

This species will also build nests in sheltered areas of the home where they can easily access the outdoors. European Wasps have a painful sting and will continue to sting multiple times in an attempt to defend their nest. When doing so, they inject a pheromone which attracts more wasps to attack. Nests built by the European Wasp are large and resemble an inverted umbrella with large visible combs.

Yellow Jacket Wasp

The Yellow Jacket Wasp is another common household species. They are similar in appearance to the European Wasp, with alternating black-and-yellow coloured bands on their body. They have a narrow waist, two sets of wings and bright yellow legs. They do, however, differ from their counterpart species as they can sustain the colder months to continue building their nest for the following season. In residential areas, these wasps will nest inside roof spaces, wall cavities and under eaves. Yellow Jacket Wasp nests have a thinner, more papery appearance.

Mud Dauber

The Mud Dauber wasp has a black-coloured slender body and ranges from 12-25mm long. This species is less harmful than its counterparts, they do not have tendencies to defend their nests and as a result they will rarely sting. As the name suggests, this species makes its nest out of mud. The nests consist of multiple small, hollow mud tubes. These nests are mostly found in sheds, garages, or on corners or sides of buildings and homes.